THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 23 June 2010, Wednesday
Naugh Naugh Wins
Now what kind of name is that for a racehorse?
Owned by Napoleon Magno and trained by Donny Sordan, Naugh Naugh, a bay colt foaled in February 2008, is by Herma Farms and Stud stallion Rum Tum Tiger out of Philippine mare Velocity.
He did well in his first few runs but showed a stellar quality last Sunday in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race held over 1,300 meters at the San Lazaro Leisure Park.
Steered by Class A rider Jesse Guce, the oddly-named colt trounced four other opponents – Conqueror, the also strangely-appellated Cheese Quemas, Bosbarawana, and General Dugo.
This goes to show that in racing, you don’t go by the name – you go by the feet. Because names can’t run.
This weekend at Santa Ana Park, expect more juvenile action with the staging of the Philippine Racing Commission’s 1st leg Juvenile Fillies Stakes on Saturday and the 1st leg Juvenile Colts Race on Sunday, both races to be run over an easy 1,200 meters.
Each race will have prizes of P300,00 for first, P112,500 for second, P62,500 for third, and P25,000 for fourth, with a breeder’s prize of P15,000. The generous incentives, said Philracom chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, “are to ensure the continued efforts towards breeding Philippine champions that can hold their own with the world’s best.”
Six have signed up to fight in the Fillies Stakes: Sixto Esquivias IV’s Antoine d’Ugo (to be ridden by jockey Fernando Raquel Jr.) and Potpot’s Love (Jonathan Hernandez); Edward Tan’s Armoury; Oliver Velasquez’s Deputy Jazz (Val Dilema); Ralph Javier’s Dugo’s Paramour (Jhemo Tinte); Wilbert Tan’s Ginny’s Rose (Patty Dilema).
Four will contend in the Colts: Ralph Javier’s Arvin Dugo (Raquel) and General Dugo (Tinte); Tony de Ubago’s Cheese Quemas (Jonathan Hernandez); and Wilbert Tan’s Perfect Pyjama (Patty Dilema).
All fillies will carry a set weight of 52 kgs., colts 54 kgs.
In the Fillies, I’m looking at Antoine d’Ugo to do well. She won the May 23 PCSO Special Maiden Race at Santa Ana Park going wire-to-wire, beating a panting Arvin Dugo who’ll be running in the Colts this time.
With Naugh Naugh not running in the Colts, General Dugo’s chances look much better and he should stage a good performance here.
These are not the only good races in the offing. Watch out for the revival of the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Cup, slated for July 4 at SLLP. Sponsored by the Philracom, the PSA Cup will once more see sports writers, not only those who cover racing, converge at the track to enjoy the races, each other’s company, and raise funds for the organization’s charitable efforts and other activities. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org * Visit: http://jennyo.net)